USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Nancy Pelosi and her anti-gun team are either profoundly stupid or genuinely evil.
Although either answer is arguably correct, the latter most likely explains H.R. 8 — a bill that is scheduled for a hearing this week in the House Judiciary Committee.
With H.R. 8, Pelosi and her gun-hating cronies have crafted a “Universal Background Check” bill with dozens of trap doors that could, if enforced to the letter, put millions of gun owners in prison.
Specifically, the bill outlaws the “transfer” of a firearm without a Brady Check. While this includes private sales, it by no means is limited to that.
The term “transfer” is nowhere defined, but it’s clear from the bill that handing your gun to a neighbor for as little as one second is a “transfer” unless you’re covered by one of the bill’s so-called exceptions.
So if you show off your new gun to your neighbor in your living room, and hand it to him to look at, you’re a criminal, and can go to prison for up to a year under federal level.
But as onerous as this provision is, the worst part consists of the Universal Gun Registry the bill would create.
Under H.R. 8, since every gun transfer will go through a dealer, every gun owner will have a 4473.
We know that the ATF, in connection with annual inspections conducted under federal law, is increasingly copying these forms to its database in a centrally accessible format. See examples here.
So here’s the problem: if everyone has a 4473, everyone is potentially in the database.
Even the Obama Administration recognized this in 2013, when a leaked memo from the Justice Department revealed its assessment of Universal Background Checks:
Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration …. (Emphasis added.)
Regardless, gun grabbers today are trying to put a new spin on Universal Registration Checks. They claim that section 5(1) in the bill prohibits registration.
The problem is that the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 CURRENTLY prohibits a national gun registry. And yet, the ATF is not interpreting that prohibition from preventing it from doing what it’s already doing.
So if the current prohibition isn’t effective, why would anyone suppose that putting it in the law a second time would make any difference?
Are we putting the ATF on double super-secret probation?
As I mentioned above, the House is now pushing this bill to the forefront.
So please send your Representative a pre-written letter OPPOSING H.R. 8.
If you call your Representative — and want additional talking points — you can go here to see GOA’s Fact Sheet on H.R. 8.
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